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Statement from the American Society of News Editors Regarding the Detention and Harassment of Journalists in Ferguson, MO

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As an organization whose core mission includes protecting freedom of the press, the American Society of News Editors is especially disturbed by the events taking place this week in Ferguson, Missouri. From police physically assaulting citizens engaged in peaceful protest to arresting without cause reporters from The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, it is clear that there is a concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.

 

As an organization whose core mission includes protecting freedom of the press, the American Society of News Editors is especially disturbed by the events taking place this week in Ferguson, Missouri. From police physically assaulting citizens engaged in peaceful protest to arresting without cause reporters from The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, it is clear that there is a concerted, top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press.

 

“From the beginning of this situation, the police have made conscious decisions to restrict information and images coming from Ferguson,” said ASNE President David Boardman. “Of course, these efforts largely have been unsuccessful, as the nation and the world are still seeing for themselves the heinous actions of the police. For every reporter they arrest, every image they block, every citizen they censor, another will still write, photograph and speak.”

 

ASNE acknowledges that there has been illegal violence and looting by some members of the public and that law enforcement must respond appropriately. But we remind the police and the nation that speaking out in protest is not a crime, reporting on that protest is not a crime and taking photographs of it is not a crime. Violating the civil rights of citizens by restricting these activities is a crime. We further call on the U.S. Department of Justice to take any and all appropriate action to protect the First Amendment rights of everyone involved.

 

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August 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM Leave a comment

The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

Humvee via wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

Malcolm X Was Right About This

We weren’t careful.

Malcom X re Newspapers

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July 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM Leave a comment

What Does the Word “News” Mean These Days Anyway?

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The Heritage Foundation is a conservative so-called think tank (as in the American Taliban). Check out this flash from Politico’s Dylan Byers about its new venture:

The Heritage Foundation, a powerful right-wing think tank, is planning to launch a new news service that will cater to a conservative audience, sources familiar with the organization’s plans told POLITICO on Wednesday.

Heritage will officially announce the project on Thursday in an embargoed report by Bloomberg News, the sources said.

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I’m thinking this “new news service” should be in quotes because the Heritage Foundation’s “new news service” won’t be a “new news service” at all.  It will be a well-funded propaganda bomb.  So yo, Dylan, think about practicing journalism if you call yourself a journalist.

 

May 7, 2014 at 7:18 PM Leave a comment

The Heart of What Ails Us

My Tweet of the Day is a big yep.  It’s complicated of course but in a nutshell, this is where we are:

Tweet of the Day 5-6-14

May 6, 2014 at 6:47 PM Leave a comment

About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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I watched a bit of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on C-SPAN Saturday night…a parade of journalists corporate and governmental liaisons feting themselves.

New York Times Magazine National Correspondent Mark Leibovich, author of “This Town,” on Sunday called the White House Correspondents’ Dinner an “abomination.”

“I think that it’s morphed into this extravaganza of more than two dozen pre-parties and after parties, and we have to ask ourselves, what are we celebrating exactly?” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“This is a classic case of the bubble world and the unselfawareness of spending however millions of dollars over a number of days to celebrate ourselves and again I ask, why?” he said.

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Exactly.

And then there’s Frank Rich:

Rich said that the event is “a crystallization of the press’s failures in the post-9/11 era” because it “illustrates how easily a propaganda-driven White House can enlist the Washington news media in its shows.”

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Amen.

Read the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.  Journalists are to maintain distance from those they cover.  They should “refuse gifts, favors, fees and special treatment” that “may compromise their integrity or damage [their] integrity.”

May 5, 2014 at 8:01 AM Leave a comment

Eleven Years Ago: Remembering How Insane We Were on “Mission Accomplished” Day

Remember this?

Mission Accomplished

That was eleven years ago today.

Greg Mitchell wrote an e-book about media coverage in the run-up to and the early months of the Iraq war.  Today he reminds us of how the corporate media reported Bush’s trip out to that aircraft carrier on that day eleven years ago.  It illustrates how deeply broken our media is.  Everyone quoted here should have been fired for violating the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics:

Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”

PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”

Bob Schieffer on CBS said: “As far as I’m concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time.” His guest, Joe Klein, responded: “Well, that was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day. That was the first thing that came to mind for me.”

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Maureen Dowd in her column declared: “Out bounded the cocky, rule-breaking, daredevil flyboy, a man navigating the Highway to the Danger Zone, out along the edges where he was born to be, the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity.

“He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around. Maverick was back, cooler and hotter than ever, throttling to the max with joystick politics.”

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When Bush’s jet landed on the aircraft carrier, American casualties stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded.

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U.S. casualties as of today?  4489.  Wounded?  30,021.

 

 

May 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM Leave a comment

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